Important note: All
information contained in this topic about visas to New
Zealand, should be considered only as a guide and is not the
information. We cannot guarantee they are correct. For
official and up-to-date information, see the official
website of New
Zealand Immigration official or web of the New
Zealand Embassy in your country.
go back home from the NZ airport without having
the pleasure (or displeasure) to feel the fragrant smell of the
famous spa town of Rotorua. NZ became famous and attracts
lots if young people from all over the world, in search of a place in the sun in the land of Aotearoa. One
of the reasons is New Zealand is one of the few places in
the world that exempts some countries from pre-visa, ie depending on
the country of citizenship, you can just catch a plane and on arrival at the airport, the immigration officer will decide whether to let in or not. If your country has no agreement with New Zealand, then you need to apply for a visa before traveling.
But over time
NZ immigration officials realized that the goal of many tourists,
traveling was not the main reason for the trip, but to work, which is not allowed by law
with a visitor visa holders or Tourist visa. Further more
they found out many of these tourists were overstaying
and becaming illegal in the country. Nowadays the reality is different, and
the immigration in NZ is much more selective with who they
will let in or not.
is afraid to be barred from the airport, and
asked how to avoid that. The answer is simple, if the person
is entering with legitimate intentions and meets the criteria for that type of visa or, I
do not see any reason to fear to be questioned by the NZ officer on arrival.
NZ gets zillions of tourists per year from all nationalities and
with flights coming from various parts of the world. They
know about typical balance of age groups such as children with parents, there are elderly, youth, etc ...
If a flight arrives with more than 60 young people between 18 and 26 years on board, all singles,
and they are not gorup, part of club or association , the officer
could suspects the reasons and may not allow entry of all,
each case will be interviewed but if they failed they will
be sent back home. Some issues had happened with people
booking English courses for short duration, and never attended
classes and staying illegal after the due date in the visa . As these facts
became frequently with people not respecting the laws, the result has been
a much more careful selection at the airport of who they
will allow to enter or not. Legitimate tourists and students do not have to worry
about it, mainly by showing receipts for booking courses, hotels,
tours etc and most people do the right way.
reasons that may lead an immigration officer
not allow a person to enter in NZ could be criminal records,
terrorosm linkage, prior deportation from another country,
show a lack of purpose about what to do in New Zealand, not enough
founds or money to ensure the stay support themselves food
and accommodation. Another reason is to lie, or contradict the information provided to the Immigration officer. For example: A person is on vacation (the overwhelming majority of tourists visiting New Zealand
stay for 15 days or less). Bringing a huge suitcase with clothes
and personal stuff unusual for holidays it may indicate a
peson has other plans. Probably the officer will do extra questions to make sure
about the visitor's purpose.
For those wanting to
be (almost) sure will be allowed
to enter in NZ it is possible to obtain a pre-visa with the embassy or consulate of New Zealand in the country of origin. The same
case would be indicated to people who have been barred
before and want to return to New Zealand, they will need to obtain a pre-visa before traveling. Either way the final word will be
done by the immigration officer at the airport in Auckland (or Christchurch).
Note 1: The minimum value stipulated by the government as
founds to stay in New Zealand
as visitor is NZ $ 1000 per month.This does not include spending on courses.In other words, this money would be primarily for the
food transport and accommodation, or NZ$ 400 if
accommodation is already prepaid .
Note 2: Bring documents
and receipts supporting your payments for tours, courses, accommodation, or an invitation letter, if
a person who is in the country have invited you to visit
and will support you. It's important to show any proof of financial support, such as cash, credit card, check against payment of wages by corporations,
sponsor letter showing financial responsibility etc. These documents are not always required, but
is good to have them with you. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you leave New Zealand. That is, if
you stay in NZ three months, the passport must be valid for at least 9 months from the date of entry.
immigration officer asked how did I enter in
the country ? I said the truth- I fell from the